• Amy Toledano

Karaoke Play presented by pluck. productions & The Bunker

What is it?

Set up in a classic karaoke pub, four characters have interconnected monologues which explore themes of loneliness, British identity and karaoke.

What is it all about?

Perri (Lucy Bromlilow) and Darren (Philip Honeywell) are part of the Barryoke bar staff team. Linford (Christopher Jenner-Cole) and Kelly (Jackie Pulford) are regular clients. It’s a typical Saturday night at the bar, and the characters make their confessions to the audience, who they include in their anguish. Perri, a young woman full of self-deprecating comments and craziness, is in pursuit of her feelings for Darren, an often arrogant, gay man. Linford is an unhappy marriage, and spends his time verbally abusing the charming Kelly, an unsuccessful actress. Using the excellent set by Zoe Hurwitz (that is designed for the main show We Anchor in Hope), the characters discuss their feelings, while classic karaoke songs play throughout. 

How did it make me feel?

When the subject of a show is loneliness, it’s impossible for an audience to not recognise itself in it. Karaoke Play written by Annie Jenkins forces us to reflect on the contemporary London atmosphere, our need to be validated by society and the ways in which we to maintain relationships that run deeper than the digital connection given via the internet. This show presents a societal class desperately trying to fill a life that has been whittled down to too many hours of work, and a lack of freedom and balance from this. It also lightly touches on issues such as abuse and terrorism within it.

Anything else?

Director Lucy Grace McCann, has carefully created intelligent movement segments, (particularly at the beginning of the piece) that convey a message of, no matter how old you are or where you come from, it is important to remember that we are all chasing happiness and trying to overcome our own daily struggles.

Manu x

Karaoke play is playing at The Bunker until the 14th October 2019.

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